Deirdre Mullins rounds up the late deals and holiday offers.
Castlepalooza Music and Arts Festival
This August bank holiday weekend the grounds of Charleville Castle, Tullamore will be transformed for the seventh year into a musical playground, the Castlepalooza Festival. A maximum crowd of 5,000 festival-goers are in line for a diverse choice of music and art. The line-up includes Brazilian foursome CSS, Ghostpoet, And So I Watch Your From Afar, Fight Like Apes and Le Galaxie. There will be plenty of cultural extras, such as the return of the Eat My Shorts short film showcase, and the Monster Truck Gallery, which will bring contemporary visual art to the grounds of the castle. With a three-day ticket including camping for €79 (plus booking fee) for over 70 confirmed acts, Castlepalooza is a well-priced Irish music festival. For more information, visit: www.castlepalooza.com.
Irish Ferries Cuts Late Summer Fares to France
Irish Ferries is cutting late summer motorist fares on its Ireland to France route by a full 20 percent off normal rates. This offer is applicable to travel any time from August 8 up to December 19, but reservations must be made before August 6. For more information and reservations, visit: www.irishferries.com or call: 0818 300 400.
If you're planning a break in the Med in August or early September, here are some Budget Travel specials:
For 4 people sharing, leaving on September 4, Flor da Rocha Apartments in Praia da Rocha, Algarve are €229 per person.
For 3 people, flying on September 1, Salou Pacific Apartments in Salou are €259 per person.
For 2 people, from August 28, Andalucia Hotel in Benidorm is €319 per person.
For two people, flying out on August 20, Blue Star Apartments in Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria are €339 per person.
For more information, visit: www.budgettravel.ie or call: (01) 435 0011.
The Croatian Riviera
Concorde Travel is offering a number of packages to the sunny Croatian coast.
Stay at the 3* Old Town Antuninska Apartments in Dubrovnik, on a self-catering basis, 4 sharing 1 bed apartment, from €499pp
Stay at the 3* Old Town Antuninska Apartments in Dubrovnik, on a self-catering basis, 2 sharing a studio, from €599pp
Stay at the 2*+ Hotel Adriatic in Dubrovnik, on a B&B basis, from €650pp
Stay at the 4* Hotel Alga in Tucepi (Makarska Riviera), on a B&B basis, from €699pp
Stay at the 3* Hotel Tirena, in Dubrovnik, on a B&B basis, from €799pp
Stay at the 4* Hotel Valamar Lacroma in Dubrovnik, on a B&B basis, from €899
Stay at the 5* Croatia Hotel, in Cavtat, on a B&B basis, from €899pp
Prices include: return direct flights from Ireland, return airport transfers, 7 nights' accommodation as stated and all taxes and charges. For more information, visit: www.concordetravel.ie or phone: (01) 775 9300.
Italy Al Fresco
Crystal is offering Italian packages, which include luxury mobile homes, flights and transfers. The Crystal Al Fresco family friendly holidays depart throughout August and September. Prices include flights and accommodation.
Depart August 10, stay in a 2-bedroom Puccini Riviera mobile home (sleeps up to 6) in Altomincio Family Park, from €499pp
Depart on August 10, stay in a 3-bedroom Vivaldi mobile home (sleeps up to 6) in Del Garda Park, from €639pp
Depart on September 7, stay in a 2-bedroom Puccini Riviera mobile home (sleeps up to 6) in Altomincio Family Park, from €299pp
Depart on September 14, stay in a 2-bedroom Rossini mobile home (sleeps up to 6) in Del Garda Park, from €375pp
For more information, call: (01) 673 3839 or visit: www.crystalalfresco.ie.
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